Re: [xmca] Subtleties of Presentation Media

From: Wolff-Michael Roth (
Date: Sat Feb 17 2007 - 08:47:41 PST

Isn't at the heart of all this a problem of how we conceive of
education. As a student, I hardly ever went to lectures preferring
instead to read several books on the topic. Why do lecturers think
that what they have to say is so singular that everyone has to be
there to listen to them? Why not rethink university education from
the model useful during the dark ages when there were few or no books
around and a lecturer produced his/her text to be reproduced by those
who listen.
        David's problem doesn't change with the printed version of the pp
slides is a resource for doing the same slides again. If David is
concerned about ownership of his ideas or output of his work, he
could have produced a web version without the provision of the
original ppt show attached, in which case it might be impossible to
change the presentation. Embedding copyright information on the
bottom of the slide would have allowed the other person to use the
slides and David's name would have appeared as the copyright holder....

On 17-Feb-07, at 12:17 AM, David Preiss wrote:

Re the use of ppt in classes I have started to wonder whether they
are indeed
a good teaching tool. I have seen that, in some cases, they decrease
notetaking, student attendance and might erode participation since
the set of
the lesson is pre-fixed and they create the ilussion that they are
ALL the
story. And you can alwats get the ppt as student. So why going to
Thus, I started wondering how would it be to come back to the old
days of
ppt-less lecturing or reducing them to a minimum. Would love to hear

Mike Cole escribió:
> Ugh... michael..... rationality in the sense of having a reason, not
> necessarily being ugh ugh
> logical/rationa?
> mike
> On 2/16/07, Michael Glassman <> wrote:
>> David,
>> What an interesting story. I have been doing some reading and
>> thinking on
>> connectivity lately and have come to the conclusion that three little
>> letters - www - are going to change our universe in ways that we
>> can't
>> imagine. One of the ways I believe it is going to change things is by
>> changing the concept of boundaries, and the notion that ideas can
>> somehow
>> can be treated as property. That's right - I think there is a real
>> possibility that intellectual property will become a thing of the
>> past. Is
>> this a good thing or a bad thing. It's hard to say, but I think
>> it is
>> coming. Industries that live on intellectual property rights - like
>> recording, publishing, entertainment - are fighting like mad, but
>> I'm not
>> sure they will be able to do anything to stop the wave.
>> So getting back to your particular scenario. What would have been
>> the
>> difference if the TA found your Power Point presentation on the
>> internet,
>> and downloaded it, or better yet hyperlinked it (so many of my
>> students
>> bring their portables to class - and at Cornell my nephew had to
>> buy one as
>> a freshman). And then some of those students thought there was
>> something
>> interesting and hyperlinked it to some people they know. Unless
>> you had a
>> trackback function, you wouldn't even know where it was going or
>> who was
>> using it. People would change it, people would add to it, people
>> would
>> desecrate it. But every person using the idea would be equal
>> because what
>> was important were the ideas that you created and they took on a
>> life of
>> their own. Perhaps the slides would come back to you in a form
>> you didn't
>> even recognize. But it wouldn't matter because you connected with
>> all of
>> these people - your ideas became viral rather than remaining
>> hierarchical. The only thing that creates boundaries on the ideas is
>> rationality. Of cours there may be a really dark side to this whole
>> phenomenon, there always is. But like I said, I'm thinkng we need to
>> redefine our ideas of boundaries and ownership.
>> Michael
>> ________________________________
>> From: on behalf of David H Kirshner
>> Sent: Fri 2/16/2007 11:07 AM
>> To:
>> Subject: [xmca] Subtleties of Presentation Media
>> A few days ago I gave a PowerPoint presentation of my research to our
>> department. After the presentation, a graduate teaching assistant
>> in the
>> department whom I've known for a number of years asked me if he
>> could have
>> a copy of the presentation so that he could follow-up with one of his
>> classes (some of his students also were at the presentation). I
>> immediately
>> agreed, but after some debate with myself, I decided to give him
>> hard copy
>> of the slides instead. The medium of PowerPoint would erode the
>> boundaries
>> between him and me.
>> Here's a snippet from my note to him. I wonder if this phenomenon
>> has been
>> observed/discussed before in the media literature.
>> Comments welcome.
>> David Kirshner
>> _______________________________________________
>> Hi xxxx,
>> I've copied out all of my slides (about 50), and left them in your
>> mailbox.
>> I'd intended to send you the PowerPoint presentation itself, but
>> in the
>> end
>> felt uncomfortable about doing that.
>> It's an interesting media phenomenon. If I give you photocopies of
>> the
>> slides and you distribute them for discussion to your students,
>> it's very
>> clear what are the boundaries between my contribution, and yours. The
>> slides are mine, the discussion is yours. However, the PowerPoint
>> medium
>> is
>> inherently incomplete. If you present my slides as a PowerPoint
>> presentation, it no longer is possible to clearly demarcate our
>> boundaries.
>> That's because the in the PowerPoint setting, the slides are
>> inseparable
>> from the commentary. Thus it's not possible to distinguish what
>> part of
>> the
>> commentary is you and what part is me.
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David D. Preiss Ph.D.
Profesor Auxiliar / Assistant Professor
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Escuela de Psicología.
Av. Vicuña Mackenna 4860.
Macul, Santiago de Chile.

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